China issues alert for tropical storm Higos

October 3rd, 2008 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 3 (Xinhua) China issued the second highest alert Friday for tropical storm Higos expected to bring gales and heavy rain to southern coastal areas Friday and Saturday. Higos, the 17th tropical storm of the year, packing windspeed of 64 km an hour will make landfall on the eastern coast of the southern island province of Hainan between Friday evening and early Saturday morning, or shave the area and approach Guangdong province in the west, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) forecast.

The NMC advised vessels to take shelter in ports and urged local authorities to prepare for emergencies.

Higos was formed Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, coming on the heels of storms Jangmi and Hagupit, which together killed some 20 people in China.

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